Dallas Stars Assign Patrik Nemeth to Texas for Rest of Year

Patrik Nemeth (Credit: Steven Christy)
With the Dallas Stars' season over, Patrik Nemeth has been reassigned to the Texas Stars for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Nemeth, who spent most of the year on the injured reserve in the NHL, can still gain valuable experience in the AHL playoffs just through getting more minutes under his belt. He only found the ice in 22 games this year for Dallas.

This was an expected move after Nemeth was 'papered' down to the AHL on trade deadline day. Neither Jyrki Jokipakka nor John Klingberg were papered on that day, so neither can be sent down to the AHL for the playoffs.

Nemeth will bump someone out of the lineup on defense and it's anyone's guess whom that will be. Youngster Ludwig Bystrom has been showing well but could get the scratch. Another option for the current moment would be scratching someone like Maxime Fortunus or Cameron Gaunce to give those vets some rest days before the playoffs start.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Nemeth, 23, registered three assists in 22 games played for Dallas this season. He missed 52 games to injury after suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18 against Philadelphia. The blueliner also appeared in five games for Texas from Feb. 20 - 28, posting one assist.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.